Robotic tank cleaning technology

Jon Lawson

Re-Gen Robotics, sister company of Re-Gen Waste, one of Europe’s most advanced materials recovery facilities, has launched the first remotely controlled, ‘no man entry’ robotic tank cleaning company in the British Isles.

The company has invested £1.5 million in two purpose-built, fully compliant, Ex Zone 0 rated machines; one designed to de-sludge, wash and clean large scale tanks and a second, lightweight and highly portable compact unit suitable for use on smaller sites and underground storage tanks and containers, including petrol forecourts, interceptors and process tanks.

The advanced automatic tank cleaning system aims to eradicate industry fatalities in the British Isles, eliminating human exposure to confined spaces and hugely decreasing all risk categories. There are 25 avoidable deaths within confined spaces in the UK and Ireland each year due to hazardous works, manual tank cleaning methods, which remains common practice.  

Re-Gen Robotic’s closed-loop cleaning system is fully compliant with existing safety legislation and can reduce cleaning time by up to 45%, significantly decreasing downtime and loss of production whilst the facilities are not operational. The Ex-zone rated equipment is effective, reliable and provides predictable cleaning times, meaning the tank is brought back into operation quicker and reduces the need for additional tank capacity, permitry delays and additional support teams.

Fintan Duffy, managing director of Re-Gen Robotics said: “Traditionally, personnel entering into confined spaces to perform cleaning prior to inspections has been the only way to implement a detailed legislative inspection, de-sludge or clean for product change. There are inherent risks to entering a hazardous confined space and although safety regulations and standards are high, occasionally accidents occur, due to the likelihood of human error or failure of safety devices.

“Every year as many as 25 people in Ireland and the UK lose their lives working in confined spaces. Exposure to hazardous petrochemicals, heat stress and slips or falls are the main risks faced by workers who manually clean oil tanks. With Re-Gen Robotics, tanks can be automatically cleaned fast, in a predictable way, using technology that meets the highest safety standards in the industry.

“We place a high premium on workplace safety and with the introduction of our exclusive robotic system, we aim to be the market leader in safe, reliable, sustainable industrial cleaning.”